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Battery operated, so she can take it out on the cross country ski/snowshoe trails and clear fallen limbs, w/o having to haul the Stihl 038 I gave her 20 years ago, or the Swedish bow saw I gave her 10 years ago....

 Any recommendations? Which to avoid at all cost, and which is best for the buck?

 

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Dewalt Sawzall with brush blade. Does most of my clearing around the property. Only fire up the chainsaw to cut firewood. Sawzall will handle up to 8" branch without difficulty.

 

WL

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I have an excellent chainsaw, I now use my inexpensive sawzall for almost all trimming.  Easiest way to get hurt with a chainsaw is cutting little stuff.

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Stihl makes a nice battery operated chainsaw.  Got one as a demo at work.  Nice enough but will never have the guts of a gas unit.   Dewalt also has a 40v chainsaw  also a nice unit.

Problem writhing anything battery is run time. And having to Carry enough juice.  Problem is the batteries are heavy.  So if she thinks the batty is going be lighter...might want to think again,  also not cheap.

froma horticrulture POV.   Silky is top notch. 

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on the one hand, batteries don't work as well when it's real cold.   on the other, with a gas powered saw someone has to carry the fuel.

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I know you already mentioned the manual option is kind of out but............the Silky is really easy to use and a lot lighter. I carried one very similar in my wildland gear for "oh shit where is the sawyer" kind of moments. Its surprising how well it works.

I have no experience with the battery thingees (only gas) so I cannot offer any perspective there.

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I have a battery chainsaw, sawzalls, and several combustion chainsaws. The reason for a battery chainsaw vs sawzall is battery life. A chain cuts more efficiently. Sure a sawzall will cut a 4" branch but a battery chainsaw will cut more of them with one battery.

And more isn't all that many, which is why I own several combustion ones.

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I think her main obstacle is having a 3-4" branch. or top come across the trail less than a mile or so from her house. he's not going to be bucking up trees for firewood, just taking out a 10' section of branch.... or top.

 So it's more like she heads out with the dog, finds the obstacle, turns around and comes back for it right then (If it's close) or circumnavigates it or returns home and takes the saw with her the next day if it's farther away.

 She's 60+ years old, in fairly good shape, and not a complete idiot (Although I sometimes wonder).... I think the DeWALT sawzall is probably the best fit. It comes with a carry bag which she can strap to her back. It can be used around the house if her husband decides to demo the kitchen wall (He's a psychologist, no telling what they'll do). and instead of sharpening a chain, which I know she won't do, she can just replace the blade.

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4 hours ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Everyone should have one of these even if they don't know why...one day they might....in a word they are exquisite

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014C4QMG/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Founde oune alloungue side the state roade aboute to yeares aggo.  Carry it to cleare cycleng trailles.  A verrey sweete toolle.          :)

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My sister wants a chainsaw . . .

Sounds like a country and western song to me.

Or Bluegrass, if she actually kills somebody with it.

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 With a sister like this, she should be able to get all the chainsaws she wants.....FOC.

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10 hours ago, Sidecar said:

 With a sister like this, she should be able to get all the chainsaws she wants.....FOC.

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Thank god my sister doesn't/didn't look like that, or we'd have had to move to West by god Virginia in 1968.

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With a thread title like this, I was expecting much better.   I am so disappointed. 

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20 hours ago, White Lightnin' said:

Dewalt Sawzall with brush blade. Does most of my clearing around the property. Only fire up the chainsaw to cut firewood. Sawzall will handle up to 8" branch without difficulty.

WL

You posted that bit of wisdom here a few years ago, and it has stayed with me since, all the more so because you're a paramedic and undoubtedly had you share of chainsaw injuries.

If the ground is slick, snowy, or if it's not bright daylight or if you're tired from a backcountry trek, I think that the choice of the Sawzall can be a lifesaver. If an accident happens with a reciprocating blade like that, you'll probably remain far less damaged.

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I was doing some yard work a quite few years ago with a bow saw.  I was holding a branch about 2" in diameter in my left hand and sawing with the right.  I know, that was foolish, but not uncommon.  Of course the blade bounced on to my left 1st finger and then bounced a couple of more times on the finger.  I went to the local doc in a box, this was years ago and it was the first one in town, I think it was their first week in operation.  I walked in with a bloody paper towel on my finger and the nurse smiled and said "Oh, coming from work?"  I said "No, my back yard."  The nurse laughed.  I got 7 sutures to put the skin back together, I didn't damage anything else.  I still have a scar from it.  Those damn teeth on pruning type saws work very well.  For a mere hand saw, they still command respect.

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Withe smallere pruneg modell, moeste of cutteng done when pulleng sawe twardes you so riske of that type injurey is redused. note ellimnated, butte redused.                  :)

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55 minutes ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

 

the new country western song..

"my sister wants a chainsaw, I want a tutu"   

That ain't how it goes. :mellow:

 

My sister wants a chain saw

She don't say what for.

Since that last guy disappeared,

I don't ask no more.

 

My sister wants a chain saw

She don't care what kind.

Don't forget the extra chain

It saves her lots of time.

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The biggest issue with sawzalls is Blade bounce or the blade gets bound up and then the small brands starts vibrating back and forth, so the operator then tries to grab the branche and the saw releases.  And now you are missing a couple fingers.  

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I like the Sawzall idea.  If she binds up the blade she can loosen the nut and leave it behind without worry.    Although not injury proof, the risk of mishap with cold hands and numb mind seems smaller then a chainsaw.   Beats needing to build a fire to warm up the carb on a gasoline saw.   

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On 1/27/2019 at 5:44 PM, d'ranger said:

I have an excellent chainsaw, I now use my inexpensive sawzall for almost all trimming.  Easiest way to get hurt with a chainsaw is cutting little stuff.

same here.

Got 2 Stihls.   A handy trimming model and their monster ranch saw.

For trimming around the house, the sawzall is just to darn easy to just pull and start trimming.

Also really handy for hacking out tree stumps.  Dig the dirt out around the roots, and use an old blade you hung onto so you don't care.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Marcjsmith said:

The biggest issue with sawzalls is Blade bounce or the blade gets bound up and then the small brands starts vibrating back and forth, so the operator then tries to grab the branche and the saw releases.  And now you are missing a couple fingers.  

It seems to do with me when the kerf gets too narrow on a worn blade. A fresh blade with a decent kerf doesn't usually bind on mine.

Also, I find the reciprocating blade a little more forgiving ... i.e. jigsaw vs. band saw.

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2 hours ago, Dorado said:

That ain't how it goes. :mellow:

 

My sister wants a chain saw

She don't say what for.

Since that last guy disappeared,

I don't ask no more.

 

My sister wants a chain saw

She don't care what kind.

Don't forget the extra chain

It saves her lots of time.

Great tune!

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1 hour ago, chester said:

Great tune!

Think I'm gonna call it,

Be Stihl, My Darlin'

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5 hours ago, Marcjsmith said:

The biggest issue with sawzalls is Blade bounce or the blade gets bound up and then the small brands starts vibrating back and forth, so the operator then tries to grab the branche and the saw releases.  And now you are missing a couple fingers.  

well you have to learn to cut the wood so it doesn't pinch back on the blade

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1 hour ago, Dorado said:

Think I'm gonna call it,

Be Stihl, My Darlin'

 we have our first SA song

 

My sister wants a chain saw
but not for a lot of money
she's going to leave this behind
with her darling little honey

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12 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

I was doing some yard work a quite few years ago with a bow saw.  I was holding a branch about 2" in diameter in my left hand and sawing with the right.  I know, that was foolish, but not uncommon.  Of course the blade bounced on to my left 1st finger and then bounced a couple of more times on the finger.  I went to the local doc in a box, this was years ago and it was the first one in town, I think it was their first week in operation.  I walked in with a bloody paper towel on my finger and the nurse smiled and said "Oh, coming from work?"  I said "No, my back yard."  The nurse laughed.  I got 7 sutures to put the skin back together, I didn't damage anything else.  I still have a scar from it.  Those damn teeth on pruning type saws work very well.  For a mere hand saw, they still command respect.

I'm scared to death of my various chain saws but have never hurt myself with one.

Put a very deep slice into a finger with a POS folding Corona saw and a couple of smaller ones on other occasions.

It gets a lot of use because it's always with me and the chainsaws are not.

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Thought this was about a country western song..............

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If you have never watched this guy's videos, this is as good an introduction as any.

 

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Little chainsaws can bite, just not as big a bite as the big ones.

I bought a Stihl multi-machine with a pole saw and extension. With just the pole saw attachment, it's a very handy size and weight and the cutting happens a pretty safe distance from me. With the extra extension, it's f'n heavy but will reach a long way, which is nice. Usually.

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9 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

 we have our first SA song

 

My sister wants a chain saw
but not for a lot of money
she's going to leave this behind
with her darling little honey

JFC GMD !

Be careful. Songwriting is a dangerous business and a guy could get severely injured this way.

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1 hour ago, Contumacious Tom said:

Little chainsaws can bite, just not as big a bite as the big ones.

I bought a Stihl multi-machine with a pole saw and extension. With just the pole saw attachment, it's a very handy size and weight and the cutting happens a pretty safe distance from me. With the extra extension, it's f'n heavy but will reach a long way, which is nice. Usually.

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I have the same one. You’re right about the weight, That’s a long lever arm. 

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step ladder in back of truck?  check.

power tool? check

Florida? check!

 

:D

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10 minutes ago, chester said:

step ladder in back of truck?  check.

power tool? check

Florida? check!

 

:D

Failure to use the telescopic feature...something odd about this photo...why this particular limb which appears to be not in need of attention

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2 hours ago, Dorado said:

JFC GMD !

Be careful. Songwriting is a dangerous business and a guy could get severely injured this way.

Dorad, one  drunken night i wrote a quick song called   "biker wannabes"   ...  ridin' down the road the for all to see

 

 

we need a chorus..    or do we just play   chainsaw noises with screams in the background?  

 

my mind just can't stop... need more drugs..

 

my sister wants a chainsaw
one that will nicely cut
if you see her with a garbage bag
you better watch your butt

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

my sister wants a chainsaw
she wants one not to loud
don't disturb the neighbors
it might draw a crowd

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

 

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1 hour ago, chester said:

step ladder in back of truck?  check.

power tool? check

Florida? check!

 

:D

Git er dun!

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oh god.. i'm laughing so hard...  ok  Dorad,  get the music done..

My sister wants a chain saw
She don't say what for.
Since that last guy disappeared,
I don't ask no more.

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

My sister wants a chain saw
She don't care what kind.
Don't forget the extra chain
It saves her lots of time.

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

My sister wants a chain saw
but not for a lot of money
she's going to leave this behind
with her darling little honey

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

My sister wants a chainsaw
one that will nicely cut
if you see her with a garbage bag
you better watch your butt

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

my sister wants a chainsaw
she wants one not to loud
don't disturb the neighbors
it might draw a crowd

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee

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dammit...

 

my sister wants a chainsaw
she's moving to florida now
she hates noisy neighbors
they all disappeared some how

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee
vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee
vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee ,  sirens  fading out ....

 

dorad,  copywrite it, sell it to weird al 

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58 minutes ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

pole saw stuck in the tree?  check

Not the first time that pole saw has been stuck in a tree? Check.

 

2 hours ago, chester said:

step ladder in back of truck?  check.

power tool? check

Florida? check!

 

:D

I keep telling my wife I need a cherry picker truck with a hydraulic pole saw run from the bucket. You try talking sense into her!

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2 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

dammit...

 

my sister wants a chainsaw
she's moving to florida now
she hates noisy neighbors
they all disappeared some how

vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee
vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee
vrooomm, vrooom, vroooom,   aiyeeeeee ,  sirens  fading out ....

 

dorad,  copywrite it, sell it to weird al 

 

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My sister wants a chainsaw
She'll only use it once
It's because she hates all
You miserable c.....

 

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12 minutes ago, P_Wop said:

My sister wants a chainsaw
She'll only use it once
It's because she hates all
You miserable c.....

 

Be Still My Bleeding Parts...

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Say, I wonder if MBS is looking for a US based femme fatale with saw skills to take care of a few problems......

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My sister wants a chainsaw

her hubby thinks she nuts,

he won't be laughin'

when she carves out his guts...

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All this Florida talk makes me reminisce about the Butthole Surfers:

 

 

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6 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

 

my sister wants a chainsaw
one that will nicely cut
if you see her with a garbage bag
you better watch your butt

 

 

Your sister wants a chainsaw

Like the one on Howard Stern

If you don't get what I am saying

Goggle it and you will learn..

 

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Oh fer . . .

Meter Matters !  A little Rhythm wouldn't kill you neither.

Meter or metre is a term that music has inherited from the rhythmic element of poetry (Scholes 1977; Latham 2002) where it means the number of lines in a verse, the number of syllables in each line and the arrangement of those syllables as long or short, accented or unaccented (Scholes 1977; Latham 2002).

I'm guessing you guys are mostly Caucasian. Am I right ? :mellow:

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Let's fix Nacra's

Your sister wants a chainsaw

Like the one  Just like on Howard Stern

If you don't get what I am  you know what i'm saying?

Goggle it and you will   Google it and learn..

 

Left8 nearly nailed it 

My sister wants a chainsaw

her hubby thinks she nuts,

he  won't be laughin' anymore

when she carves out his guts...

 

GMD

Nice effort Pal, but don't take that bus to Nashville.

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2 minutes ago, Dorado said:

Let's fix Nacra's

Your sister wants a chainsaw

Like the one  Just like on Howard Stern

If you don't get what I am  you know what i'm saying?

Goggle it and you will   Google it and learn..

 

Left8 nearly nailed it 

My sister wants a chainsaw

her hubby thinks she nuts,

he  won't be laughin' anymore

when she carves out his guts...

 

GMD

Nice effort Pal, but don't take that bus to Nashville.

Thanks Brah....  I suffer form WMD... can't help it I was born this way

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She was bred for hackery

A chainsaw was all she could see

She started it up - on a cool day

High revs and vibrations with cold libations

A Stihl 026 is what she wanted to play

Hacking away, hacking away, hacking away

On the thick limbs of new willow, grey

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2 hours ago, Dorado said:

 

Gonna have to get Bonnie Raitt to sing the song......

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I dunno...... Willie Nelson could sing all those wrong parts, and still make it come out somehow......

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God I hope one of her friends, who is registered on this forum, doesn't show her this thread......

 It happened once before on another forum, and she still hasn't forgiven me........

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4 hours ago, Dorado said:

 

GMD

Nice effort Pal, but don't take that bus to Nashville.

well that's why country music sucks...       too rigid...   fucking songs don't have to haiku

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1 hour ago, Mrleft8 said:

God I hope one of her friends, who is registered on this forum, doesn't show her this thread......

 It happened once before on another forum, and she still hasn't forgiven me........

Well don't tell her I had to steal the music from Johnny Prine's "Grandpa was a Carpenter " to make it all work. 

I ain't proud of what I done, but there just wasn't any other way. 

Hell, he probably stole it from somebody else anyway. 

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22 hours ago, Dorado said:

Well don't tell her I had to steal the music from Johnny Prine's "Grandpa was a Carpenter " to make it all work. 

I ain't proud of what I done, but there just wasn't any other way. 

Hell, he probably stole it from somebody else anyway. 

Kinda like "Choctaw bingo"?

https://youtu.be/O2iGMYeZb9Q

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Yikes!

Stealing a song is bad enough but stinking up a great song like that ought to be a capital offense. 

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Better?

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On 1/29/2019 at 8:58 PM, Mrleft8 said:

God I hope one of her friends, who is registered on this forum, doesn't show her this thread......

 It happened once before on another forum, and she still hasn't forgiven me........

In the words of Otter in the movie Animal House:

"Dude, you fucked up!   You trusted us...."    ;>)

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19 hours ago, Dorado said:

Yikes!

Stealing a song is bad enough but stinking up a great song like that ought to be a capital offense. 

Adgreeded, cane we juste worke with "Granma gotte rundovere by a raindeere" ??  Ist licke paintteng ona portraitte of the Partridge Familley, nobody really caires.               :)

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1 hour ago, Foreverslow said:

In the words of Otter in the movie Animal House:

"Dude, you fucked up!   You trusted us...."    ;>)

Yeah..... She heard about it. Tried to find it, called me up and said "Man that is one fucked up misogynistic racist motherfucking forum! I stopped searching after about 5 seconds"

 I told her she was probably saved a lot of strife.

 When the song is done, I'll send her a copy.

 So lets get the chorus down.....

 Vroooom! Chucka chucka Vrooom! ?

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3 minutes ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

we don't hate women,  kinda love them....   we just like to make fun of them..   because , you know,  they think like women..

We kinda hatte teh factte that we love/neede them so muche.  Butte then againe, men our stupide.                        :)

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1 hour ago, Snaggletooth said:

Adgreeded, cane we juste worke with "Granma gotte rundovere by a raindeere" ??  Ist licke paintteng ona portraitte of the Partridge Familley, nobody really caires.               :)

or we go with this one?

first-lets-bring-out-your-eyes-with-a-li

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Maybe one of these on a battery-powered angle grinder.....

 

"This could be the most dangerous tool I've ever used"

**Recommended for wood carving, ice sculpture and  taxidermy**

 

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25 minutes ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

those fuckers are little spinning wheels of doom.

Sockpuppet Razr has not posted

Just like on PA

you know we all know

So when are ya stopping this play

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8 hours ago, oldgoatroper said:

Maybe one of these on a battery-powered angle grinder.....

 

"This could be the most dangerous tool I've ever used"

**Recommended for wood carving, ice sculpture and  taxidermy**

 

I saw the pic and thought, "that might be the most dangerous tool I have ever seen" then scrolled down and saw confirmation.

WTF? The tip is the part of a chainsaw blade you DON'T use, unless you're a skilled sculptor. They even put a Tom-preventer on the tip of mine that I had to remove for that reason. No, I'm not a skilled sculptor, just like for my cutting tools to cut what they contact, even if that's dangerous.

But a chainsaw that's ALL TIP? No thanks.

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On 1/29/2019 at 1:42 PM, d'ranger said:

Be Still My Bleeding Parts... 

winner.  

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3 hours ago, Contumacious Tom said:
12 hours ago, oldgoatroper said:

"This could be the most dangerous tool I've ever used"

**Recommended for wood carving, ice sculpture and taxidermy**

 

I saw the pic and thought, "that might be the most dangerous tool I have ever seen" then scrolled down and saw confirmation.

WTF? The tip is the part of a chainsaw blade you DON'T use, unless you're a skilled sculptor. They even put a Tom-preventer on the tip of mine that I had to remove for that reason. No, I'm not a skilled sculptor, just like for my cutting tools to cut what they contact, even if that's dangerous.

But a chainsaw that's ALL TIP? No thanks.

what I can't quite fathom is how this thing might be used in taxidermy...

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34 minutes ago, oldgoatroper said:

what I can't quite fathom is how this thing might be used in taxidermy...

mabey sometimes you halve to sculpte partes to macke them looke naturalle?

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2 hours ago, oldgoatroper said:

what I can't quite fathom is how this thing might be used in taxidermy...

Production of source material?

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5 hours ago, oldgoatroper said:

what I can't quite fathom is how this thing might be used in taxidermy...

As a bone saw, of course. I can see it cutting bones on the subject animal and the taxidermist.

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I can hear him pulling that cord now..... It goes: "Kashogi! Kashogi! Kashoooooooohhhhhhaaaaahhhhhaaaarrrrgghhhhh!!!!"

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On 2/4/2019 at 5:32 PM, Mrleft8 said:

I can hear him pulling that cord now..... It goes: "Kashogi! Kashogi! Kashoooooooohhhhhhaaaaahhhhhaaaarrrrgghhhhh!!!!"

I think that's the Caitlyn method...

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